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Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity Paperback – 25 Oct 1990
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"Dr. de Bono does not claim to be able to turn us all into Miltons, Da Vincis, and Einsteins . . . . but his techniques provide an alternative to just sitting around waiting for the Muse to appear. The Muse never appears to most of us--hence the value of this book.""--Times Educational Supplement" -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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This book is intended for use both at home and at school. At school the emphasis has traditionally always been on vertical thinking which is effective but incomplete. This book is about lateral thinking which is the process of using information to bring about creativity and insight restructuring. Lateral thinking can be learned, practiced and used. It is impossible to acquire skill in it just as it is possible to acquire skill in mathematics. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.See all Product description
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Lateral Thinking is not an easy read, and not what I was really expecting. I guess I was expecting something written more in a popular science vain, but you have to remember that this was originally published in 1970.
It reminds me more than anything of a school text book. The ideas are presented in a rather dry and pragmatic approach. Each method has examples for students to try and even teaching notes and exercise preparation.
To get the most out of the book you have to actually sit with a pen and paper and do the exercises. It is not something that can be easily done on your phone or laptop because much of the text refers to geometric shapes.
I did try some of the exercises with my seven year old boy, which was useful to both of us I think. I would like to return to the text and develop some more exercises that we can do together, although I recognise that a certain amount of preparation would be required. I can see how this would be an excellent text for teachers, it's a little harder to squeeze out the value when you are reading this on the move.
For example De Bono covers brainstorming in some detail, but in my experience in a design consultancy the real secret to successful brainstorming is in the selection of the brainstorm team. No advice on this delicate subject is present in the edition that I read (1969). I found that a sense of humour was essential in all brainstorm team members, as a good sense of the absurd and a willingness to appear a complete as can spark off really good ideas in others.
All in all this *is* a little gem. As far as I can tell all of his subsequent books simply expand and develop the ideas contained in this book. The most useful aspect is in being able to recognise the state of mind where ideas just pop into your head, and in being able to put yourself in a state where this will happen. Some techniques will work for you, some will not. Personally I now use other methods than those listed in the book, but I may not have developed my own way of working without reading this book first.
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